Clayton County

‘Better than it was last year’: Clayton County students head back to school

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Students in Clayton County will be required to wear masks if they choose to be back in the classroom Monday.

Channel 2′s Linda Stouffer talked to Superintendent Dr. Morcease Beasley, who said he told parents to keep in mind that things may change this year, but the focus will always be on learning.

“We have all the tools necessary, whether face-to-face or virtual, to be engaged,” Beasley said.

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In Clayton County, most families chose to go back to in-person learning, but Beasley is empowering principals and teachers to use some judgement.

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“We’re asking parents to ensure the students have masks in the school busses, lunch room etc. We’ll provide masks as well,” Beasley said. “If they don’t have a mask, we’re just going to let teachers handle it the best way that they deem appropriate.”


Beasley said the child may have a reason for not having a mask on, or they may not necessarily be able to breathe with a mask.

“There are many situations, so no black or white,” Beasley said. “We expect adults to make critical decisions using the best decision-making skills.”

Beasley said the focus for the new year is giving students even more opportunities to learn with flexibility and creativity.

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“Every day is a gift for us to make a brighter future, to make a brighter year, to make a brighter life,” Beasley said. “It’s a gift. Take advantage of the gift. Seize the moment. Make it happen. And regardless of what happens, it will be better than it was last year.”

Beasley is also encouraging everyone in the community ages 12 and up to get vaccinated.